Spring, Texas – October 20th, 2017: The Harris County Attorney’s Office filed suit Wednesday against a Spring area Motel 6 for harboring habitual criminal activity.
The defendant, NNJP LLC, is a Texas for-profit corporation which owns and operates the Motel 6 located at 19606 Cypresswood Court near Interstate 45 and Cypresswood Drive.
Court documents state that this location is notorious for harboring habitual criminal activity, including trafficking of persons, prostitution, promotion of prostitution, compelling prostitution, and illegal drug offenses—in violation of Chapter 125 of the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code. Motel 6 knowingly tolerates and has failed to make reasonable efforts to abate the criminal activities at this location.
Officers from Harris County Precinct 4 Constables and the Harris County Sheriff’s Office have responded to hundreds of calls per year to this Motel 6. Between October 17, 2016, and October 17, 2017, there were over 320 calls to law enforcement for service at this location. Officers have made numerous arrests for prostitution at this location as well as arrests for possession of illegal drugs, weapons, and violent crime. Officers have investigated many other crimes on the premises including shootings, robberies, sexual assault, and murder.
Just last week, Precinct 4 Constable Mark Herman’s Office initiated an undercover operation that focused on suppressing the supply and demand for prostitution in and around neighborhoods and businesses. Forty-four (44) people were arrested during the operation and investigators were able to identify and recover four (4) female victims of Human Trafficking, who were allegedly being forced into prostitution.
Harris County requests the Court enter a temporary and permanent injunction to abate the common nuisance (harboring criminal activity) and to enjoin Motel 6 from maintaining or participating in the nuisance.
Harris County further requests that the Court include in its order reasonable requirements as authorized under Tex. Civ. Prac. & Rem. Code §125.002(e) to prevent the use or maintenance of the place as a nuisance, including but not limited to the following:
- Install, maintain and upgrade surveillance systems on the Properties
- Provide law enforcement personnel access to video surveillance footage upon request
- Restrict access to all areas of the Properties, including parking lots, hallways and rooms by electronic access control devices only to properly registered guests and visitors (no more than 2 per room)
- Install and maintain electronic gate access
- Prohibit “cash only” customers
- Prohibit hourly rates or rates for less than the full rate for a one night stay
- Prohibit extended stay customers for more than 7 days
- Require at check-in a valid government-issued photo identification of all maintain photo identification for inspection by law enforcement
- Require all visitors (no more than 2 per room) to check in at the front desk and provide valid government-issued photo identification and maintain photo identification for inspection by law enforcement
- Require at check in a valid credit card of all customers and issue parking tag to all customers and visitors
- Engage two or more licensed peace officers for on-premises patrol and security of the Properties
- Eliminate all pornographic, adult or XXX cable or satellite to rooms
- Prohibit customers and visitors from entering the Properties that have been arrested or participated in criminal activity on the Properties
- Conduct criminal background checks on all employees
If Motel 6 fails to cease and desist from creating and maintaining a common nuisance at the property within a time allowed by the Court, Harris County, the City of Houston, or any other political subdivision having jurisdiction over the Motel 6 property, may
- discontinue the furnishing of utility services by the political subdivision to the place at which the nuisance exists
- prohibit the furnishing of utility service to the place by any public utility holding a franchise to use the streets and alleys of the political subdivision
- revoke the certificate of occupancy of the place
- prohibit the use of city streets, alleys, and other public ways for access to the place during the existence of the nuisance or in furtherance of the nuisance
The County Attorney’s office told the Houston Chronicle that these types of suits could take anywhere from a few months to a year before seeing a resolution.
In a public meeting Thursday evening, Precinct 4 Assistant Chief Deputy, Michael Combest reminded residents who see illegal activity happening to call the constable’s office and report the offense.